A colleague of mine pointed out an interesting wrinkle in this stunning news that Rep. Barney Frank (D, MA-04) has actually loaned his campaign $200K – which is, by the way, not the sign of a confident campaign – to wit, that the next 200K that Barney Frank raises goes back to him. Not the campaign; him.
Ever want to buy a chairman of the House Financial Services Committee? Now’s your chance! And it’s a fire sale, folks: whether or not Barney keeps his job as Congressman in November, he’s not exactly expecting to be the Financial Chair after January. So if you want to make a deal, now’s the time…
PS: Or you could donate to Sean Bielat. OK, so they’re not exactly trying to draw from the same financial sources.